Doctor Strange #9
Issue(s): Doctor Strange #9
The introductory essay to the Thomas/Guice run in issue #5 said that Guice had concerns meeting deadlines. I wonder if this issue was designed to give him a breather. On the other hand, this issue is written by Roy Thomas, who has done his share of Saga style stories. All i know is i have no interest in a text summary of Dr. Strange's entire career. The magazine is set up to be shocking...
...but that's only true in the sense that Morgana was revealing Dr. Strange's exploits at all. There's nothing revelatory and no interesting twists on things. If Thomas had slanted Morgana's take to maybe have her misunderstanding things, or focusing on Strange's recent use of black magic and bad moral choices (which wouldn't be possible due to the timing of the book; i'm just giving examples of what might have made the book more controversial), or how his presence in Greenwich Village endangers the lives of those around him or something, basically something more Marvels-esque, it would have been at least an interesting read. Although even then i prefer my comic books in comic book form. Instead it's just a pretty dry summary of Strange's various adventures. I guess to someone that didn't have access to all the issues it might have been at least informative, but it's definitely not the best way to experience that.
There's also an essay by J. Jonah Jameson disavowing everything in the rest of the issue.
Of the parts that are in comic book form, the most notable aspect is Guice's interest in Wong's fiancee, Imei.
There's also the weird idea that Sara Wolfe has become romantically interested in Baron Mordo.
Strange also says that he hasn't seen Morgana for "quite a while".
Strange actually saw Morgana in Doctor Strange #3. "Quite a while" is arguably subjective, but Roy Thomas will compound this problem next issue. Thomas obviously researched Peter Gillis' Strange run, but he probably wasn't keeping up with the latest issues as they were being published. We've also had an editorial team switch, so there was no one to catch this problem.
There is a Tales of Vishanti back-up story written by Roy Thomas & Jean-Marc Lofficier and with art by Dan and David Day, but of course that is also a Saga story, albeit one that is drawn.
This first part of a Curse of the Darkhold feature tells the origin of the Montesi formula.
It also shows how the Darkhold was taken from Urthona by Agamotto along with the other talismans that Dr. Strange (seemingly) destroyed during that battle. And it raises the possibility that the Montesi Formula might be reversed, allowing vampires to return to the Marvel universe.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: It's said that Dr. Strange slept for about 2 hours since last issue, and this issue begins a little after that. I'm assuming that JJ wrote that essay before he was kidnapped by the Chameleon.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (7): show
Jonah's appearance probably takes place after he was rescued in Web of Spider-Man 54- he appears in the Atlantis Attack Amazing Spider-Man Annual after Web 54 and Strange has his eyepatch in the concluding issues of Atlantis Attacks.
Posted by: Michael | October 1, 2014 9:47 PM
I wouldn't count JJ's essay as an appearance. Depending on the lead time of the Now publication, it could have been written a month ago. It's not like the newspaper.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 1, 2014 9:57 PM
Man, Dragonus looked a lot cooler in the actual Werewolf by Night story!
Posted by: Berend | March 29, 2015 6:10 PM
Oh, wow, yes he did. I don't want a Heroclix of this version. Though I guess he DOES look more "dragon-y", to go with the name.
Posted by: Erik Robbins | March 29, 2015 8:48 PM
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